McDonald's 4th-Q earnings expectations high

OAK BROOK Ill. McDonald’s Corp. said its fourth-quarter, per-share earnings would exceed Wall Street expectations as strong global sales results at yearend were driven by breakfast sales and the Snack Wrap in the United States and the popular Monopoly game in Germany.

The company expects to earn 61 cents per share, excluding a 39-cent-per-share gain from its Chipotle spin off, which is a 29.8-percent increase from the year-earlier quarter and three cents above

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